Rajasthan known as “the land of kings” is a state in the northwest of the Republic of India. It is bordered by the Indian states of Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. It is bordered with Pakistan on the west.
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the state. Other major Cities of Rajasthan include Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jalor, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Mt. Abu, etc.
Rajasthan the land of dessert can surely be also called as the land of festivals and fairs. People in this sparsely populated state look for any excuse to assemble together in celebration and Diwali is the grandest of all festivals celebrated by the state.
Diwali Celebrations in Rajasthan :
In Rajasthan people start preparing for the festival of Diwali weeks in advance. They not only clean their homes, but also buy new clothes and jewelry prepare sweets, etc.
For people of Rajasthan, Diwali is a chance to decorate their homes, buy new clothes, visit relatives and friends and take time off from their daily routine to gather together and enjoy the festivities.
Here the festivities start from Wagh Baras a day before Dhanteras, the first day of the five day Diwali festival and ends on Labh Pancham is third day after Bhai Dooj, the last of the five days of Diwali.
Most of the people living in Rajasthan are Marwadi’s which are mainly businessmen hence they perform Laxmi Pujan also known as Chopda Pujan or Muharat Pujan on the Diwali Day and the New Year Day.
There are also many Jain’s in Rajasthan and they celebrate Diwali Day as Dev Divali, the Day on which Lord Mahavira attained Moksha.
Good food, dance and music are an integral part of the festivities in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is famous for its Diwali sweets. Women here get together and prepare special delicacies like Mawa Kachori, Til Ke Laddo, Gonth ke Laddu, Piste ke Launj, Moti Pak, Pheeni, Sohan Papdi, Besan Barfi, Jalebi and Shakarpara. These Diwali sweets are special in Rajasthan as they are prepared with zest, love, care and togetherness.
The rituals performed here during Diwali are almost the same as in the rest of the country. Like in other parts of the country people here perform puja of goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras Day and then perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali Day.
Women draw colourful Rangoli’s outside their homes and lit diya’s to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. They burst crackers and enjoy the festivities with family and friends.
Rajasthan is also famous for its Royal Palaces. These grand palaces are lit with millions of decorative lights during the festival of Diwali making the entire state sparkle reminding us of the great Mughal era.
How to Say Happy Diwali in Marwari Language :
Diwali Ki Gani Gani Shubha Kamnaye
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